New Zealand is a stunningly beautiful country. Geographically quite different to Australia, it is a dynamic landscape formed by, and still under the influence of, volcanoes and earthquakes, glaciers and massive rainfall. Yet there are many cultural similarities and we felt quite at home. What's not to love about a country that bakes a treat called Lolly Cake and has an icecream flavour called Goody Goody Gumdrops? Oh, and they also have really, really good beer.
To a large extent ours was the Lord of the Rings / Hobbit Movie Fan Tour of NZ. Starting with the set of Hobbiton. Just superb.
Click away now if you don't want to scroll through about fifty photos!
- Jane x
|another movie location|
|hiding from Ringwraiths (another location)|
|best lemonade ever|
|temporary and beautiful 'cardboard cathedral' in Christchurch, which had terrible earthquakes a couple of years ago|
|still earthquake damage visible everywhere|
|we survived 12 days in a motorhome, yay us!|
|oh yeah, another snowclad mountain backdrop to camp by|
|tiny man, big horse|
|Piper Cherokee, for reals... it had ashtrays on the armrests!|
|so much beautiful lichen and moss everywhere|
|yikes, we went in a helicopter too!|
|the boys' first experience of snow!|
|so many rainbows|
Ahhhh, New Zealand. We loved you. Well, most of us loved you, most of the time. And the six year old... well, he's six.
- Jane x